(NYDAILYNEWS.COM) “It wasn’t his own hands or the Pittsburgh secondary that foiled Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson from hauling in what should have been the game-winning TD catch in the end zone on Sunday. It was God.
“I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!!” “AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO…”
Johnson had a perfect pass in his hands that would have given his team an overtime victory over the heavily favored Steelers.
Instead of walking off the field the hero, however, he dropped it.
Devastated, the 24-year-old watched in horror as the Steelers drove back down the field for the game-winning field goal.
While he seemed to hold it together on the sidelines, after the game, he later addressed the one person he found to blame: God.
Johnson had seven catches for 68 receiving yards in the loss, but dropped at least three passes on the day.
It was a stark change for the Kentucky grad who had grabbed three touchdowns in his team’s 49-31 win over Cincinnati last week.” (NYDAILYNEWS.COM)
I’ve always been amazed at “professionals” in regards to their treatment of Jehovah God. More often than not we see men and women swearing/defacing the name of God and a moment later praising Him for their success. However; this is the first event I can recall in quite some time in which someone flat out blamed God for their failure.
The problem with humanity is that we expect God to respond to every situation the way we would; but God doesn’t think the way we do, which is plainly stated in the Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” God does things very differently than we do, which makes the workings of God a mystery.
Thankfully, our part is simply to trust God, and not to figure Him out. If God were small enough for us to understand, then He wouldn’t be big enough to handle our problems. Psalm 145:3 states, “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.” We are told in 1st Timothy 3:16 , “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” The unbelieving world demands evidence of things which the Bible says are “clearly seen by the things that are made” (Romans 1:20).
It all boils down to whether or not a person trusts God. For those who don’t trust God, they’ll continually look for every excuse they can find to blame God, discredit the Bible as rubbish and justify their own sins. But for those who trust the Lord, they’ll give God the benefit of the doubt, keep praying when no answer comes, stay the course and hang in there as Job did. Job’s life eventually turned around for the better, but it took time. The important thing is that Job never lost his faith in God (Job 13:15). Job complained, wished he had never been born (Job 3:3), told his so-called friends they were miserable comforters (Job 16:2), but he never gave up on God.
But now the question remains as to how we will respond to difficult circumstances. May we all be strengthened by Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
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